Without making light of the events that have made it one of the biggest stories of 2014, it’s safe to say that Ferguson, USA has become an invaluable case study in social media’s impact on journalism and activism.
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This is social media, so I’ll be expecting all of you to provide feedback on your classmates’ blogs, like and join their various pages, collaborate, and otherwise interact and connect with each other. In this post, we’ll quickly run through the basics of moderating the many comments you’ll be receiving from your classmates this semester.
By default, WordPress and Blogger are both somewhat restrictive in terms of allowing readers to comment on your blog. This is due to potential abuse of the commenting system by advertising spambots or malicious readers. To comment on your blog, readers usually have to be signed in to their Google or WordPress account. For this course, I encourage you to decrease that security level a bit to allow your classmates and readers to more easily leave comments on your posts. The options in both services are extensive and fairly self-explanatory.
Time to get down to business.
Quite a few of you have put together your blogs and drafted your introductory posts well ahead of the deadline, and that’s a great start. I want to use the next few posts to cover a few of the more useful settings and features in your platform of choice.
We’ll start at the top, with your header image. For quick reference, the header (also called banner) image is that blue sphere on a black background at the top of my blog. Depending on the blog template you’ve chosen, you’ll have to use a similarly-formatted graphic or photograph. Templates usually come with a few header image options, but you might want to use one of your own.
The hallmark of a good social media project (and good communication in general) is getting people interested in a topic they might not otherwise care much about. So it’s to Shonika Greenidge’s credit that her blog on her developing career as a model ended up being one of the most interesting and well-presented of her semester.